By 1983, when Edwin Starr relocated to Albion, his hits had dried up, yet there still was too much honey in the veteran’s voice to stop – and he tried, again and again. The American’s association with Hippodrome Records didn’t even result in a longplay, but it brought about a handful of ’45s that are collected on a single disc…
…it would be impossible to stop Starr’s sweet roar on “I Need Your Love” and the collection’s title track which sees him namecheck fallen heroes: Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Jackie Wilson.
DMME.net (August 2018)
This CD contains all of the tracks that Edwin recorded for Hippodrome Records. Sadly Edwin died on April 2, 2003. I worked with Edwin a couple of times and he was a very nice guy…
Bev Bevan, Sunday Mercury (June 2018)
The complete output of the late Edwin Starr on Hippodrome Records is on this album. More disco oriented material from 1985-1986.
Keys and Chords (June 2018)
‘Soul Singer’ collects his mid-80s singles for the label and while he suffered the trappings of the decade, 1985′s ‘It Ain’t Fair’ and 1986′s title track are notable: the first driven by Starr’s remarkably intact tough vocal; the second, a touching tribute to soul itself: “In the year 1965 soul music was very much alive, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye,” he sings.
Record Collector (June 2018)
These hitherto unreleased on CD tracks represent Edwin’s entire output for Peter Stringfellow’s Hippodrome label during 1985 and 1986, including the distinctly disco oriented revamps of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and Wilson Pickett’s “Land of 1000 Dances.”
Kevin Bryan, regional newspapers (May 2018)